Facebook Messenger Kids App Goes to Canada and Peru with Improved Features

June 25, 2018, By Sanjeev Ramachandran

We have heard lots about the new kids-focused chat app that Facebook readied in its stables. The most significant feedback on the app had come from child health advocates, who argued against Facebook’s latest invention.

However, unfazed by criticism, Facebook has gone ahead and made the Messenger Kids appp available on iOS and Android. The attest in that front is that the app has been rolled out in geographies such as Canada and Peru. In fact the app’s release Canada and Peru roll out comes as its first international expansion. The languages offered are French and Spanish, which is also a first.

The Messenger Kids app from Facebook seeks to rope in children under the age of 13. Though the same kind of text and video chat as in the regular version are easily on kids’ fingertips, they come with a slew of parental control features. These have been made imperative as the company wants to keep the app safe.

Children who create a login are not required to use their real name, and their profiles are controlled through a parent’s Facebook account. The permission for who they can communicate with also lies with the parent’s Facebook account.

The social media giant has also kept the app free from ads and in-app purchases. Children on the app would also get to have more kid-friendly stickers and photo filters.

Once a kid logs in, families would have to go by the “Messenger Kids Pledge,” and that incorporates “guiding principles between parents and kids that encourage the responsible use of Messenger Kids: Be Kind, Be Respectful, Be Safe, and Have Fun.”

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